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Rebels drop Wolves in three

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Lincolnton’s Heather Kiziah (left) and West Lincoln’s Taylor Sutton meet at the net.

Owens scores 13 aces in West Lincoln’s SPC victory

JENNA-LEY HARRISON
Staff Writer

VALE —  The West Lincoln Lady Rebels topped conference opponent the Lincolnton Lady Wolves in three straight sets (26-24, 25-21, 25-21) Tuesday evening at home.
The victorious squad, who boasts a winning 5-2 record in the 1A/2A Southern Piedmont Conference and 5-6 in overall play, showcased their skills on the court with aggressive serves and defense.
Senior Rebecca Owens contributed 13 of the team’s more than 20 aces, securing an 11-point rally alone in the second set.
The Lady Rebels also acquired five blocks and 20 kills during match play.
Head coach Tammy Leatherman noted how her players have been preparing for the current season since summer camp in July and draws much motivation from a John Wooden quote written on the squad’s team shirts.
The quote, which says, “It’s amazing what a group of people can accomplish when no one cares who gets the credit,” is the epitome of teamwork, a mindset that Leatherman said her squad will need for their Thursday match against top conference rival the Lake Norman Charter Knights.
Despite the loss, the Lady Wolves fought a tough battle against the Lady Rebels, continuously switching up the scoreboard throughout the match to take the lead. At several points during the evening, the team led their opponent by as much as four points.
Leading the black and yellow squad in kills was senior Sydney Devine with seven of the team’s 14. She also secured nine of the team’s 45 digs. Teammates Courtney Wright, a junior, and Tori Urban, a senior, obtained three aces apiece, contributing a total of six of the team’s 11 skillful serves.
Lincolnton head coach Kathy-Jo Lindroth told the Times-News prior to the match that her team has numerous areas to improve upon including focus, maintaining a motivated spirit and working on their physical fitness, a discipline in which she said there’s always room to grow. However, her attitude about future play remains positive.
“We’ve struggled through a couple matches, but I anticipate us doing well this season,” she said.
The Wolves are currently 2-5 in conference play.
The Lady Rebels’ junior varsity team also proved victorious Tuesday over the Lincolnton Lady Wolves in two straight sets (25-13, 25-23).

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